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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.

Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.


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News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LITTLE ROCK Arkansas House members have advanced to Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill to allow a Ten Commandments monument to be built at the state Capitol.


The Conway Police Department is seeking the publics help in identifying two men in the Tuesday night burglary of an AT&T store in which about $20,000 in merchandise was stolen.


Opponents to the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act gathered on Wednesday to celebrate immediately after Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced he has asked legislators to amend the legislation.


Local organizers have taken a big step toward War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock hosting a bowl game.


The House Committee on Education endorsed on Wednesday four Senate amendments to a bill that would allow public schools the apply for the same waivers open-enrollment charter schools receive.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday asked that legislators amend House Bill 1228 to reflect terms of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


It was the last day of March and temperatures soared into the mid-80s Tuesday in Little Rock, but it will officially go down as a day of record snowfall.


TOKYO The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.


ROGERS U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to meet with bankers, mayors and business owners in Northwest Arkansas for roundtable discussions about the economic and infrastructure needs in the region.


Severe storms are possible for parts of Arkansas at times during the rest of the workweek, including a system Thursday that could spawn tornadoes, the National Weather Service said.


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